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It took me about an hour of listening to really get into this imaginative and enthralling story and become familiar with the five characters through whom the story would be told. It's an extraordinary novel that brings medieval existence to life in all its day-to-day privations, subservience to the local lord, superstitions and fears of eternal damnation drummed into the populace by an unforgiving Church. It's a very powerful story of the struggle between good and evil centred around a village somewhere near Norwich where a group of women from Low Countries have setup a religious community that is distrusted by the Church and by the local community who are still in thrall to pagan beliefs exploited by a band of Owl Masters who terrorize them.
Much of the pleasure and power of this book is due to the exceptionally good narrator, David Thorpe, who brings a wealth of characters to life by giving them individual voices by which they are easily identified in this roller-coaster of a story.
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I'd read Company of Liars, and didn't think another book could come close to that, but The Owl Killers exceeded all my expectations. It was utterly enthralling from start to finish and I loved every minute.
It did take me half an hour or so to get into it, but after that I became increasingly immersed in the character development and the story line, and David Thorpe's narration was fantastic.
As with Company of Liars, the descriptions are so good that you can almost feel & smell what it was like to live in those times! The plot is intriguing, the descriptions vivid and I found the book totally addictive - I couldn't stop listening and was disapointed when I got to the end.
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